US & Canadian Rocky Mountains Road Trip – Book review

US & Canadian Rocky Mountains Road Trip – Book review

One of the best things about living in North America is the possibility of epic road trips! If you like road trips to reach fabulous mountain vistas, then you’ll want US & Canadian Rocky Mountains Road Trip by Becky Lomax. When planning a road trip around the Rockies, this guide will help you find the best sights; And more importantly, the best hikes.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers, but I am genuinely chuffed with it and have been using it to plan our next road trip for summer 2022.

Normally when I buy a new hiking guide, I wait until I have visited and experienced plenty of the hikes before I review it. However we already visited four of the National Parks covered by the book. Before each road trip, I spend hooours pouring over maps, planning and researching possible hikes. So I feel qualified to comment on the areas of the book that I have already visited. So, this review is just for the Canadian National Parks covered by the book.

What does the book include

If you are planning a road trip (or multiple road trips!) this guide covers the following National Parks: Jasper, Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Waterton, Glacier (the US one, not the Canadian one), Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Becky has highlighted the best experiences for each park. There are soooo many details! From fees, transport options, and info about towns and visitor centers to listing possible hikes, viewpoints, camping spots and possible adventures. Seriously, it is impressive how many details are squished into this book!

US & Canadian Rocky Mountains Road Trip – Maps

The maps in this book are useful for getting your bearings and understanding an overview of each National Park (there are also maps for cities and some of the resort towns that you’ll want to visit.) However they are not good if you want to see nitty gritty about hikes along the way. You’ll need to use apps or paper maps to see the details when you get out walking.

Hike Descriptions

Becky’s hike descriptions will get you excited to get out onto the trails! The book lists the length, duration, elevation gain and relative effort of each hike. The descriptions seem to be aimed at newer hikers (some of trails listed as moderate I consider pretty easy, and some strenuous hikes I consider moderate.) However the book also lists some of the incredible backpacking ideas and mountaineering options. It is a perfect taster to help you choose hikes; But it’s likely you’ll also want to consult other specific hiking guides to find more details once you have used this guide to make a basic plan.

There are soooo many details that I appreciate in US & Canadian Rocky Mountains Road Trip.

  • There are “one day in x” itineraries for each location.
  • Notes about the wildlife that you may get to see.
  • Side trips to explore nearby Provincial Parks (in Canada) or State Parks (in the USA.)
  • Fabulous photos that’ll nudge you to explore each region to the fullest.
  • If there are hot springs nearby, they’ll be listed.
  • If they’ll be decent cell service in each location.
  • Gas stations and charging stations (for electric vehicle folks)
  • Info for LBGTQ+ travelers, senior travellers as well as tips for road trips with kids

I also really appreciate the way the guide links each park together (which is perfect for road trips!) For example, I am planning a trip to Waterton Lakes this summer. For a quick example, before reading this book, I had not realized that you can take a boat to the American side of Waterton Lake and hike into Glacier National Park.

Conscientious Travel Tips

Most of the books I have reviewed are specifically about the hikes, so they always seem to include information about leave no trace. This book is more aimed at drivers, but I love that it includes tips for slow travel that will have minimal impact on the beautiful areas you are travelling through. It (of course) covers leave no trace and wildlife viewing/photography.

If you are planning a road trip to any of the National Parks in the Rocky Mountains, then this book will be useful for you. I honestly wish I had it when I was creating my first road trips to Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks! Now I have it, I feel ready to do some epic road trips south of the border in the USA too.

If you’d like to read more about our road trips to the Rockies I have a few more posts you might like:

Or, if you are looking for other hiking guides, take a look at 105 hikes and Destination hikes by Stephen Hui. by Taryn Eyton and last but not least, The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore by David Crerar, Bill Maurer and Harry Crerar.

16 thoughts on “US & Canadian Rocky Mountains Road Trip – Book review

  1. The only issue with road trips these days is the outrageous cost of fuel. We are actually flying into Edmonton in a couple of weeks to take a roadtrip through the national parks in the Rockies. Sounds like I should check this guide out!

    1. Yep, I am slightly dreading how much fuel will be this year. I compared it to the price of going by train a couple of years ago (and it was still more than 10x cheaper…)

    1. Thanks Krista! While I was looking through it to write this, I kept getting more excited for summer road trips!

  2. Great tips! I LOVE rocky mountains. This gave me a lot of new information. We used to go camping there a lot, my fiance is from Jackson Hole. Tetons are my favorite.

    1. Oooh I have never visited the American side of the Rockies, but the Tetons look amaaaazing! Woot woot for camping and road trips!

  3. Great tips! (Not sure if my first comment was sent) i have to go explore rocky mountains more. We have been around tetons before because my fiance is from there. Lovely. Thanks for sharing

  4. I love travel guides. And the US & Canadian Rocky Mountains Road Trip guide by Becky Lomax sounds perfect!

    1. Thanks Shafinah! If you end up visiting the Rockies, you’ll know where to go for reliable info. 🙂

  5. I am a big fan of purchasing guide books before I head to new places. Canadian and US Rocky Mountains are on my list! Can’t wait to go!

  6. We LOVE Moon guides, they are always our go-to choice. I will say though, I prefer the ones that focus on individual areas rather than compilation books like this one. They seem to offer so much more detail. As an example, the book specifically for Glacier NP (the American portion) is WONDERFUL!

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